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Monday, 10/15/2012, 07:04 pm

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes Says it Looks Like He’s Retired


Readers of this site are very familiar with Matt Hughes. Not only is he a former UFC Welterweight Champion, he is a UFC Hall of Famer and he faced BJ Penn three times, losing two of them.

Hughes celebrated his 39th birthday this past Saturday and hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since losing via first round knockout to Josh Koscheck at UFC 135 last September. That knockout was his second straight defeat in the first round and it seems as though the 25 fight UFC veteran is ready to call it a career.

In an interview he conducted with the Iowa based Daily Gate City, Hughes told them it like  he’s competed for the last time.

“I’ve not announced my retirement, but right now it looks like I’m fully retired,” Hughes said. “The UFC still treats me well so I can be retired. It’s just funny, when God puts you on a road, you don’t know where you are going. I have all the faith that he put me there, and I have to thank him from that.”

Hughes talked about a variety of topics including his fights with Penn and Georges St. Pierre, his introduction to MMA and the people who helped him along the way including head coach Pat Miletich and manager Monte Cox.

Hughes has had an outstanding career and whether you loved him or hated him, you damn sure had to respect him. After his last fight with Penn in which he was knocked out in just 21 seconds at UFC 123 in November of 2010, the two became friends and training partners. Just goes to show you the amount of respect the two UFC greats have for one another.



16 Responses to “UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes Says it Looks Like He’s Retired”

  1. stephen riddle says:

    He was a beast back in the day and i would like to remember him not for his lastest loses.

  2. Dick Diaz says:

    i think that the Dan hardy fight would’ve been interesting…

  3. ABEYTA says:

    Matt is a good man I remember back about three weeks before Ufc 123 I met him at an autograph signing where I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I told him BJ was my favorite fighter and he just kind of smiled and laughed that I would say that. Matt is a great person and great fighter. we
    should all respect this legend.

  4. Haha says:

    Matt is a Legend!

  5. 757 says:

    That would not be interesting now. Hardy is starting to climb back up and Matt is long past his prime. In the day he was a beast and an awesome competitor.By the way do think he would have passed on defending the belt like Jones in his days as champ?…….not

  6. Come at me bro says:

    Matt wa a beast age just caught up with him he was beating kos check before he got caught at the end he would still smoke Dan hardy

  7. Nicain says:

    I still remember when he got triangled out cold, and when he woke up he was awarded the welterweight belt……

  8. Rob says:

    Good riddance – Matt Hughes is an ignorant cunt.

  9. jon smith says:

    Wait so he hasn’t been retired? Oops my bad on not realizing that. All joking aside he was one of the reasons I started love MMA. His fights against Trigg and Newton are some of my favorite all time bouts. Sad to see him go but it was time. Now we need some fighters to take up the warrior mantle

  10. Bob'O says:

    Nothing but respect for Matt. ~Bob’O

  11. mauimade says:

    All I know he finished fights. Unlike some fighters in the ufc who has no business jus layin and praying that they don’t get choked out tapped out. I mean you gotta have mad skills to knock out or tap out some one out. To most people lay and pray that you win is a punk move right.

  12. Jason Fattorusdi says:

    Matt was the man when he was fighting. Never backed down from a fight with anyone, and never picked his fights as a fighter. He was a true champ and fought everyone who was put in front of him. He is truly one of the greatest to ever fight in the UFC. And I am very happy to have gotten a chance to watch him fight threw out the years.

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